Biographical Sketches

Rev. Andrew ARNOTE, D.D.
submitted by:
Lori Camper

Andrew Arnote, son of Adam B. and Polly Arnote, was born in Ray County, Missouri, June 24, 1844, and grew up on his father's farm in Ray County, Missouri. He enlisted in Co. D., Sixth Missouri Cavalry under Col. E. C. Catherwood, serving for three years and two months. He was mustered out at Springfield, Mo., March 24, 1865. Later he became a member of Tom Gordon Post, Grand Army of the Republic., at Polo, Missouri.

Mr. Arnote was married to Marovia Burgess, of Ray County, Mo., on October 28, 1866. Eleven children were born to them, 9 boys and 2 girls. They were: Albert, Arthur, Edgar, Ernest, Infant Son Arnote, Lillie who married Mr. W. D. Sperry, Perry, Ralph, Walter, Wesley, and Minnie Estelle who married William Granville Clevenger.

At the age of 27, Mr. Arnote was converted and as a member of the Church of Christ in Christian union, soon after embarked upon a ministerial career, being ordained by the Missouri Council in 1874. Nine years of pastoral work followed at Rock Ford, a local church in Missouri and seven years at Bethel near Knoxville, Missouri. In 1890 Rev. Arnote was sent to Oklahoma as a missionary by the Missouri Annual Council. He engaged in pastoral and evangelical work and served for a time as pastor of the little congregation at Union Chapel. He remained there many years. With his family he made his home on a farm 1 miles north and 2 east of Union Chapel. His field covered much of Sherman and Skeleton townships in Kingfisher county.

The honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, was bestowed upon Rev. Arnote by the Grand River Christian Union College, an institution of learning operated by the Missouri Annual Council of the Churches of Christ in Christian Union for several years. The school was located about five miles west of Trenton, Missouri. Previous to its purchase and operation by the Missouri council it had been owned and operated by Baptists who abandoned it and built in Trenton when the Rock Island railroad was constructed through Trenton. Dr. Arnote was the last Christian Union minister to pass away having the honorary divinity degree bestowed by Grand River Christian Union college. The institution was located at an inland village known as Edinburg.

Rev. Arnote was preceded in death by his wife who passed on July 20, 1916, also six sons--Edgar, Walter, Arthur, Albert, Ernest, and an infant son. For the last several years of his life, Rev. Arnote made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Lillie Sperry. He passed away at her home at the age of 93.

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